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Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures

This Apr. 22, 2016 image shows a plastic bag found at the Enigma Seamount, during a deepwater exploration of the Marianas Trench area in the Pacific Ocean.

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Animals from the deepest places on Earth have been found with plastic in their stomachs, confirming fears that manmade fibers have contaminated the most remote places on the planet.

The study, led by academics at Newcastle University, found animals from trenches across the Pacific Ocean were contaminated with fibers that probably originated from plastic bottles, packaging and synthetic clothes.

Alan Jamieson, who led the study, said the findings were startling and proved that nowhere on the planet was free from plastics pollution.

“There is now no doubt that plastics pollution is so pervasive that nowhere – no matter how remote – is immune,” he said.

Evidence of the scale of plastic pollution has been growing in recent months. Earlier this year scientists found plastic in 83 percent of global tap water samples, while other studies have found plastic in rock salt and fish.

Humans have produced an estimated 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic since the 1950s and scientists said it risked near permanent contamination of the planet.

The study tested samples of crustaceans found in the ultra-deep trenches that span the entire Pacific Ocean – the Mariana, Japan, Izu-Bonin, Peru-Chile, New Hebrides and Kermadec trenches.

These range from seven to more than 10 kilometers deep, including the deepest point in the ocean, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.

“The number of areas we found this in, and the thousands of kilometer distances involved shows it is not just an isolated case, this is global.” Jamieson said underlined the need for swift and meaningful action. (The Guardian)



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2. contaminate


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3. trench

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4. tap water

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5. rock salt

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